What CPAC’s Straw Poll Says about the GOP’s Future

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The Conservative Political Action Committee’s straw poll provides a road map for where the conservative base of the Republican Party is headed.
While former President Donald Trump handily won the contest for a theoretical run for president in 2024, CPAC’s straw poll gave other hints about what conservative leaders want: if not Trump himself then at the very least, more Trump’ism.
While just over half — 55% — support a Trump run, a stunning 95% of CPAC attendees said they prefer the Republican Party continue Trump’s policies. Turns out that energy independence, record-low unemployment, and America-first policies are actually popular!
If Trump decides not to run in 2024, there is a decent bench of candidates who are beloved heroes of the base.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ranked first in a poll which (uniquely) asked who ought to step up if Trump opts not to run. 43% of attendees want DeSantis to run for president, as the sunshine state governor was lauded throughout the weekend for his management of the COVID-19 crisis.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem also rated amongst CPAC goers. 11% of conservatives would pick her to be their nominee.
A non-officeholder, first son Donald Trump, Jr. came in at 8% of the vote; however, the poll didn’t exactly measure the impact that his father’s all-but-assured endorsement would register.
Shoring up the CPAC straw poll were former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Senator Ted Cruz — fresh from his fateful trip to Cancun — who rated in the single digits at just 7%.
It’s extremely early in the 2024 discussions, and the candidates will undoubtedly continue to jockey for position. However one thing is assured: the candidates are out of the gate earlier than ever and the race for the White House is already on.

CPAC: GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy Bets the House — Literally

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At his appearance at CPAC this weekend, GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy said he is willing to bet the house that Republicans will take back Congress in 2022.
But he wasn’t referring to the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill — he was referring to his own, personal home back in Bakersfield, California.
“We are just five seats away,” said McCarthy, referring to the slim number of seats Republicans would have to win to take back control.
McCarthy is nearly there. He closed the minority gap so much in the November 2020 elections that he nearly robbed Speaker Nancy Pelosi of her speakership. He also swept in the largest class of GOP Congresswomen in American history.
McCarthy said that five seats should be easy to win — especially in light of the Democrats’ policy overreaches on everything from free speech to making it harder for girls to compete in sports.
As for his actual house? He said not to tell his wife that he put it all on line.
McCarthy and his wife Judy, who are high school sweethearts, have lived in the same modest house for 20 years, since McCarthy owned and ran a small business in their hometown of Bakersfield called “Kevin O’s Deli.”
Will McCarthy be in trouble for “betting the house” on the House? Doubtful, as Republicans at CPAC this weekend seem more motivated than ever to return Congress to Republican control.
However just in case, Judy is counting, there are just 618 days left till the November 8, 2022 midterms. 

Conversation with Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn – CPAC 2021

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Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado) swung by to talk with All-American News at CPAC. As always, the congressman from Colorado Springs — home to the United States Air Force Academy — had something up his sleeve to help protect America’s national security.
Lamborn serves on the Armed Services Committee, and he shared the scoop with us that he’s got a bill in the works that would require President Joe Biden to get Senate approve for any nuclear deal with our enemy Iran.
Lamborn reminded us that back in 2014, President Barack Obama knew he didn’t have the 67 votes to pass the Iran deal so he did it by Executive Order — a move that had to be reviewed by the Senate later.
He will introduce the bill on Monday. Hear the full chat here:
Conversation with Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn – CPAC 2021

CPAC: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Talks Texas Storm and His Landmark Election Lawsuit

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stopped by All-American News to talk about his landmark multi-state November election lawsuit. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court did not hear the case, Paxton said it was still the right thing to pursue.
He also shared with us that he’s prepared interrogatories, of sorts, in an effort to get to the bottom of the events surrounding the recent Texas storm, and vows to hold responsible those who mismanaged the response to the disastrous events.
Hear the chat here:
CPAC 2021: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Talks Texas Storm and His Landmark Election Lawsuit

CPAC: Conversation with Dr. Ben Carson

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Host of “All-American Radio,” Jennifer Kerns, caught up with former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson at CPAC.
Dr. Carson tells Jen the most important thing Conservatives can do now in the dace of #CancelCulture is to remain courageous in speaking up.
The full interview here:
CPAC 2021: Conversation with Dr. Ben Carson